This is my first story I'm posting here. I have a lot more but I'm just trying this one out for now, please review if ya get the chance, i appreciate feedback. Thanks! Enjoy!
Just a Note: I had to shorten the age gap between John and the two girls in the story when they meet John is 13, Raquel is 11, and Brianna is 10. Once the flashbacks are done and we're in the present, John is 25, Raquel is 23, and Brianna is 22.
First, Last, & Only
John rushed around in his room, looking for his baseball cap. He was going to be late for practice again. Coach was going to kill him. He was usually at least five minutes early but the last two practices his mom had caused him to show up late.
"I'm coming," he finally found his hat, lodged between his desk and the wall. He raced out of his room and down the stairs, pulling his hat down on his head. His mother caught him before he could rush out the door, gently pulling the hat off of his head.
"John honey, there are some people here I want you to meet," she said, smoothing his hair.
"Ma, I'm gonna be late," he tried to get past her but she turned him around, facing him toward the living room.
John rolled his eyes, sighing. He looked into the room and saw a man he didn't recognize. He was tall and had dark hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a gray suit, kind of like the ones John's mom always forced him to wear on special occasions. Those things looked so uncomfortable. John's mother led him into the room and he spotted two young girls. He could hear his mother rounding up the other kids in the house. While he waited for her to come back, he looked at the girls. They looked a few years younger than him. They were both shorter than John with dark hair and green eyes.
"This is Dr. Kavner and his daughters Brianna and Raquel," Carol introduced. "These are my boys."
"Nice to meet you," Dr. Kavner walked over, shaking hands with each of them.
"Hi," the young girls smiled.
"Hi," John waved.
"They just moved into the house on the corner," Carol explained. "The girls will be going to your school starting next week."
"Cool," Sean said.
"Mom, can we go back outside now?" Dan asked.
"Is it that torturous for you to be in the house?" Carol laughed.
They all nodded.
"Well why don't you ask the girls to go play?" she suggested.
"I'm afraid they cant," Dr. Kavner said. "Brianna's going to drive me insane if we don't go and get her enrolled in dance classes."
"You're a dancer?" Carol smiled.
The young girl on the left nodded and smiled proudly.
"Well there's a dance company not far from here," Carol said. "John's baseball practice isn't far from there, we can show you the way."
"That'd be great," Dr. Kavner said.
"Dad, you promised you would take us shopping," the other girl frowned.
"And I will," the doctor assured her. "After we go get Bri enrolled."
"Fine," she pouted, crossing her arms over her chest.
"You ready to go honey?" Carol patted the top of John's head.
John nodded, "Yeah, let's go."
1 Week Later…
John looked up from his lunch when one of his friends nudged him.
"Isn't that your neighbor?" he pointed.
John recognized Brianna walking by their table, heading for a table in the corner.
John shrugged, "She lives down the street."
"Why is she so quiet?" his friend Jake asked.
"She probably doesn't know anybody," John shrugged.
10 Minutes Later…
John cast a glance over in the corner. Brianna was still sitting by herself, staring down at her lunch. He felt bad for her, she started school on Monday and the few times he'd seen her, she'd been by herself, her eyes downcast.
"I'll be right back," he said, getting up from his table.
"Where you going?" Jake asked.
"To talk to my neighbor, I'll be right back," John said, walking away.
Brianna poked at her sandwich with her finger. She wished she had just stayed home. She hated this school. She had no friends and it didn't look like she was going to make any. She had plenty of friends at her old school. Why couldn't she just stay there with her mom?
She looked up when she heard someone say her name. She recognized John, one of the brothers she'd been introduced to the day they moved.
"Hi," she said.
"Can I sit down?" he gestured to the seat across from her.
"You look bored," he laughed.
"I am," she shrugged. "I don't have anybody to talk to."
"Where's your sister?" he asked.
"At home," Brianna sighed. "She's sick."
"That sucks," John said. They sat in silence for a minute or so. John finally spoke up, "So…how do you like it here?"
"I don't," she admitted.
"No one talks to me," she said. "I'm behind in every class because I moved so late in the year. No one likes me..I don't even know anyone."
"You know me," John smiled.
She laughed a little, "I've seen you every day since I've been here and you haven't talked to me."
"Well maybe I didn't see you," he said.
"Sure," she rolled her eyes.
"Seriously," he said. "Come on, it cant be that bad here."
"It is," she said.
"Do you like…nevermind," he shook his head.
"Do I like what?" she asked.
"Nevermind," he shook his head again.
"Come on," she laughed. "Now you have to tell me. Do I like what?"
"I was gonna ask a stupid question," John said.
"My dad always says there are no stupid questions, only stupid people," she smiled.
"Oh that's nice," John laughed.
"Just ask it."
"I was gonna ask if you like football," John said. "But then I realized it was a dumb question."
"Why is that a dumb question?" she asked.
"Because you're a girl," he said.
"So," she laughed. "Girls can like football. I love football."
"Sure you do."
"I do," she insisted.
"What's a sack?" he quizzed her.
She rolled her eyes, "When the quarterback gets tackled before he can throw the pass."
John looked surprised, "Okay…who's the best team in the NFL?"
"The Steelers," she said. "Although you would probably say the Patriots."
"Because they're the best," John smiled.
"Sure they are," she laughed.
"You actually like football?" John asked, confused.
She nodded, "I watched it with my mom all the time."
"You don't anymore?"
"She's back in Philly," Brianna explained. "Dad moved me and Raquel and his new wife here."
"Do you like her?"
Brianna made a face, "I can't stand being around her…I tried but she's just so mean. I hate being at home when she's there. Which is great because she's always home."
"Well," John seemed to be mulling over something in her head. "Can you play or you just like to watch?"
"I can play," she said. "Why?"
"A bunch of us are gonna play a few games at my house today after school," he said. "You could come. It'll get you away from your stepmom."
Brianna smiled, surprised at his offer, "That'd be really cool."
"Alright then," he said. "Umm…Do you walk home or does somebody pick you up?"
"I walk," she said, seeing everybody getting up. Lunchtime was just about over.
"If you want…I meet my friends in the front of the school and we walk together…you could meet us by the flagpole and walk with us."
"Really?" she was again surprised at him. He was a lot nicer than she thought he would be.
"Yeah," he said, standing up. "You're small, I don't want anybody picking on you."
"I'm not that small," she said, packing up her lunch.
"Sure you're not."
"John!" Brianna squeaked. "That's gross."
He had chewed part of his food and was sticking his tongue out at her, leaning toward her.
"How is it that high school hasn't made you any less disgusting and obnoxious?" Raquel raised an eyebrow at her friend.
"Just lucky I guess," John smiled, swallowing his food. "Where the hell did Dan go?"
"He saw that one chick he's in love with now," Brianna took a sip of John's drink. "What's her name again?"
"Michelle Turner," Raquel made a face. "God I hate that girl."
"Why?" John asked.
"Because she's a bitch," Raquel said.
"Oh my God," Brianna covered her face. "Hide me."
"What?" John laughed.
"Jason," Brianna groaned.
"Jason?" John looked over at Raquel, confused.
"Jason Meisch," Raquel laughed, feeling sorry for her sister.
"Jason Meisch," John laughed. "Wasn't he supposed to graduate middle school when I did?"
Raquel nodded, "And then we thought he was gonna graduate when I did."
"So why are you so scared?" John looked over at Brianna.
"He's in love with her," Raquel explained, trying not to laugh. She felt bad for Brianna but it was funny. "He's practically stalking her."
"Meisch is stalking you?" John laughed.
"Shutup," Brianna glared.
"Why didn't you tell me Bri-Bri?" John asked, mussing her hair.
"Because I knew you would laugh," she said. "And you know I hate when you call me Bri-Bri."
"I know," he laughed. He looked past Brianna and waved, "Hey Meisch..get over here."
"John!" Brianna whispered. "What are you doing!"
"I'm taking care of this," he said. "Don't worry about it."
"Oh my God," Brianna groaned, sinking into her chair as Jason made his way over to their table.
"Cena," Jason smiled. "What are you doing here?"
"Just hanging out with some friends," John put an arm around Brianna. "You know Raquel, don't you?"
"Hey Raquel," Jason smiled.
Raquel rolled her eyes, looking away.
"And this is my girlfriend Brianna," John said.
Jason looked shocked, "I uh..I know her."
"Do you?" John smirked. "You know Meisch honey?"
"Yeah," Brianna nodded. "We go to school together."
Jason looked nervous, "I uh..I should get back to my friends."
"Bye Jason," John smiled and waved.
Jason turned and walked away
2 Hours Later…
Raquel laughed quietly, shaking her head as Brianna walked into her bedroom.
"What?" Brianna eyed her suspiciously.
"Nothing," Raquel shrugged.
"Oh come on," Brianna rolled her eyes. "What is so funny?"
"What'd I do?" Brianna asked, sitting on her sister's bed.
"You like John," Raquel said matter-of-factly.
"You..like..John," Raquel repeated slowly.
"Eww," Brianna scrunched up her face.
"What?" Raquel laughed.
"I've known John since I was like ten. I don't like him," Brianna insisted.
"Yes you do, you little liar," Raquel pointed. "I can tell."
Brianna made a face.
"Come on Bri," Raquel smiled. "If you cant trust your sister, who can you trust?"
Brianna glared at her for almost a full minute, then her expression softened, "Okay so maybe I like him a little bit…but nothing's ever gonna happen."
"And why not?"
"Because he thinks I'm a little kid," Brianna said. "That's all I'm ever gonna be to him."